Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke will stand trial on murder charges next week in the 2014 shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald — a case that captured national attention following the release of police dash cam video that contradicted the department’s official narrative.
In his first interview since the fatal shooting, Van Dyke sat down with Chicago Tribune reporter Christy Gutowski on Tuesday.
You can also hear Van Dyke in 16 Shots, a new WBEZ-Tribune podcast about the shooting death of McDonald and the troubled relationship between the black community and the Chicago Police Department.
Gutowski and WBEZ criminal justice reporter Shannon Heffernan join Morning Shift to talk about the aftermath of the shooting, Van Dyke’s trial and the 16 Shots podcast.
GUESTS: Christy Gutowski, reporter at Chicago Tribune
Shannon Heffernan, WBEZ criminal justice reporter
LEARN MORE: 16 Shots by WBEZ and Chicago Tribune staff
Judge Sets Trial Date, Location for Jason Van Dyke (NBC Chicago 7/17/18)
Vincent Gaughan: The Van Dyke judge known for his smarts, sharp tongue and secretive style (Chicago Tribune 8/24/18)